10 February 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The National Assembly has been advised to expedite action for the passage of the Electoral amendment Act to strengthen the country’s democratic system.
The Deputy Director of Information, INEC, Mr Andy Ezeani gave the advice in Abuja while featuring on “Politics Today” a Kapital FM current Affairs programme.
Mr. Ezeani urged the National Assembly to use their wealth of experience to give a befitting passage for the electoral amendment bill as a way of addressing challenges faced during 2019 general election.
He also stressed the need for the the new electoral reforms to take into cognisance the experience the country had during the general elections and also all that went on during the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.”
Mr Ezeani explained that the bill when passed into law it would enable the government to release resources needed two years before the general election for INEC to prepare and conduct credible elections.
Moreover,the INEC Deputy Director of Information pointed out that the Commission has put in place measures that are gender friendly and for people with disabilities that will enable them cast their votes during elections.
Another guest on the programme, and a Programme Officer Centre For Transparency Advocacy, Mr. Macdonald Ekemezie called on the Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, to specifically ensure that whatever would be required to fast-track the passage of the bill was provided before the Anambra state governorship election.
Mr Ekemezie however, urged that if possible, the electoral reforms should take effect before the end of the first quarter this year to assist INEC in transmitting elections results electronically for transparency.
On security matters during elections, Mr. Ekemezie who is of the opinion that the mode of deployment of security personnel on Election Day needed to be reformed also appealed to the electorates to desist from selling their votes but vote for credible leaders.
Mr Ezekemie emphasised the need for the country to switch over to e- voting to compete favourably with it’s counterparts world over.
Earlier, a caller on the programme from Maitama- Abuja, Mr Emmanuel Inyang urged electoral umpires to come up with a suitable and Permanent timetable for elections that every citizen would know that this period is for elections instead of fixing it any time.